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Placebos work even when patients know what they are

Placebos work even when patients know what they are | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
In many trials, patients have been told they're getting the sugar pill. They still got better.
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Health check as you WAIT for a GP

Health check as you WAIT for a GP | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Patients should be told to measure their blood pressure in GP waiting rooms to prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes, Oxford University researchers claim
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Q&A: saturated fat, your health and what the experts say

Q&A: saturated fat, your health and what the experts say | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
The key points in a debate between cardiology experts over the link between fat, cholesterol and coronary disease
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David Nunan, from the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, at the University of Oxford, said there were serious flaws in a study cited in the commentary which had suggested that “bad” cholesterol, known as LDL, was not linked to cardiovascular disease. He said: 

“The whole evidence base in nutritional epidemiology is actually difficult because it is hard to do good studies. But the strength of the available evidence to date would still fit more with the consensus that lower LDL cholesterol is better than high for most people.”
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800 to sue NHS over 'barbaric' mesh implants that cause agonising pain

800 to sue NHS over 'barbaric' mesh implants that cause agonising pain | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
More than 800 women are preparing to sue the NHS and the manufacturers of “barbaric” vaginal mesh implants which have left many with permanent, debilitating pain.
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Professor Carl Heneghan, an Oxford University expert in evidence-based medicine, said manufacturers have to provide little evidence before their product is clinically approved for NHS use. “The regulatory body...doesn’t even look at the advice,” he told the BBC.
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GPs say patients take offence when told they need to lose weight 

GPs say patients take offence when told they need to lose weight  | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
GPs are offending overweight patients by warning them they need to go on a diet, a poll suggests.
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The lead author Paul Aveyard, a practising GP, said doctors should be “much less worried” about offending their patients, given the evidence that such interventions work.
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NHS to start prescribing health apps that help manage conditions

NHS to start prescribing health apps that help manage conditions | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Apps that let patients monitor their conditions and send data directly to doctors are coming to selected NHS trusts this year in a bid to reduce hospital visits
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No improvement in heart failure death rates since 1990s

No improvement in heart failure death rates since 1990s | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Heart failure still kills the same number of middle-aged Britons as it did nearly two decades ago, a new study warned.
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Dr Clare Taylor, a primary care researcher said: "Getting an accurate estimate of heart failure prognosis is vital for those who commission healthcare services, so resources can be allocated appropriately. "Perhaps more importantly this allows patients to make more informed choices about treatments and possible end-of-life care. "While the survival rates were better than other studies, we disappointingly didn't see any improvement over time.
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All change in the aisles to entice us to eat more veg

All change in the aisles to entice us to eat more veg | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists to give supermarkets a makeover to cut meat consumption
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In recent years, links between eating meat and disease have also become well- established. “Red meat is high in saturated fats and that is not good for us,” said Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health at Oxford University. “The consumption of meat is also linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Most advice suggests that we should eat around 70g a day. However, most people eat a lot more than that. We have to cut that amount, and persuade people to eat more fruit and vegetables instead.”
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Sugar-Free Drinks Do Not Aid Weight Loss, Research Suggests

Sugar-Free Drinks Do Not Aid Weight Loss, Research Suggests | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Artificially sweetened diet drinks make no difference to weight gain and should not be seen as healthier than their sugar-lade
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Hidden Side Effects: Medical Studies Often Leave Out Adverse Outcomes

Hidden Side Effects: Medical Studies Often Leave Out Adverse Outcomes | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
A new analysis estimates that for nearly half of clinical studies, data goes “missing” when published
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Schools and parents urged to help tackle Oxfordshire's child obesity crisis

Schools and parents urged to help tackle Oxfordshire's child obesity crisis | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it

ALMOST a third of children leave school so overweight their health is at risk, county health bosses warned.
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Can safety netting improve cancer detection in patients with vague symptoms?

Can safety netting improve cancer detection in patients with vague symptoms? | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
There is an assumption that following up people with symptoms which are low risk but no risk of cancer will improve cancer pick up.
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"Although the evidence base is uncertain, safety netting remains the best option, and is likely better than nothing," say the authors. "It is important that patients continue to visit their doctor until their symptoms are explained. We know that doctors are safety netting every day to keep their patients safe. By conducting research on safety netting we will be able to understand which safety netting messages and systems are effective."
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GPs told: Don't hold back on obese patients

GPs told: Don't hold back on obese patients | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
The advice comes from experts at Oxford University who say doctors should be less worried about offending overweight patients.
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DIY blood pressure tests are more reliable

DIY blood pressure tests are more reliable | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Do-it-yourself blood pressure monitors in GP waiting rooms could help to spot serious disease and avoid false readings, a study has suggested. Patients who che
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Weight-loss classes for the obese should be extended, study

Weight-loss classes for the obese should be extended, study | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Extending the length of NHS weight-loss classes offered to obesity sufferers from three months to a year will dramatically reduce the incidence and the mul
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Senior author Professor Susan Jebb, Oxford University, said:

"This trial provides important data that offering support to lose weight - by referring people to a community weight loss group - is more successful than a self-help approach, and that providing classes for longer helps people keep weight off for longer."
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It’s false to believe that antibiotic resistance is only a problem

It’s false to believe that antibiotic resistance is only a problem | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
There are almost weekly alerts of the global threat of antibiotic resistance. They are often abstract and difficult for patients and GPs to relate to. More importantly, they don’t help GPs realise the consequences of needlessly prescribing antibiotics.
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Is fasting a free health fix – or is it just a fad?

Is fasting a free health fix – or is it just a fad? | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Restricting the amount you eat is said to fight disease, extend lifespan and improve wellbeing. As well as dieters, people with diabetes and MS could benefit
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Simply too few studies have been done to know the long-term effects in people,” says Susan Jebb, a nutrition scientist at the University of Oxford. “There’s clearly something about not putting food in your system that’s beneficial, especially for diabetes, but how close to fasting do we need to get? Is it the 5:2 diet or is it long periods of a low-calorie intake? Do we need to eat only 600 calories or can we get away with 1,200?”
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Why yo-yo dieting is still better than doing nothing for weight loss 

Why yo-yo dieting is still better than doing nothing for weight loss  | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Yo-yo dieting is still beneficial for health, new research suggest, after a study showed serial slimmers live longer than those who simply remain fat.
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Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health at Oxford University said: “I agree with the notion that losing weight is generally worthwhile, even if you put the weight back on again. “We have good evidence from long term follow up studies after controlled intervention studies in humans that there is a benefit.”
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The truth about vaping - and it's good news for ex-smokers

The truth about vaping - and it's good news for ex-smokers | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Vaping has been given an emphatic thumbs up by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers. After six months, people who switched from real to e-cigarettes had far fewer toxins and cancer-causing substances in their bodies than continual smokers, scientists found.
Nuffield Dept. of Primary Care Health Sciences's insight:
Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, senior health behaviours researcher at Oxford University and managing editor of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group, said: ”We still need more studies on the long term safety of electronic cigarettes, but this study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting electronic cigarettes are considerably safer than smoking regular cigarettes, as is using NRT long term.
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Your child could help further medical science if they take part

Your child could help further medical science if they take part | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Are you willing to put you child on antibiotics in the name of research? A research team at Yeovil Hospital is looking for willing parents and their offspring. It's all part of a national fl
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Paracetamol, Prostate and HIFU, Uncertainty - Oxygen and Heart Attacks, Inside Health - BBC Radio 4

Paracetamol, Prostate and HIFU, Uncertainty - Oxygen and Heart Attacks, Inside Health - BBC Radio 4 | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Prostate Cancer
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Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, discusses the evidence against the claim that people suffering from a heart attack should be given more oxygen.  (c.25:00 on clock)
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NHS diabetes prevention plan `unlikely´ to have impact, study suggests

NHS diabetes prevention plan `unlikely´ to have impact, study suggests | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers concluded that neither of the blood tests used to detect high blood sugar were accurate enough.
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IVF row: Are fertility treatment ‘add ons’ a costly con? 

IVF row: Are fertility treatment ‘add ons’ a costly con?  | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
It's news that will make thousands of couples around Britain sit up straight.
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Curbs on junk food ads No 1 priority in fighting childhood obesity, says study

Curbs on junk food ads No 1 priority in fighting childhood obesity, says study | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Group of 73 health and obesity experts call for ban before 9pm watershed, restrictions online and end of sports sponsorship
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Vaping raises likelihood of teenagers starting to smoke, study suggests

Vaping raises likelihood of teenagers starting to smoke, study suggests | Oxford primary care researchers in the news | Scoop.it
Research based on teenagers in California tentatively proposes link but experts say it does not prove that one leads to the other
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Paul Aveyard, professor of behavioural medicine at the University of Oxford:
"This study could not tell us if it is something about the young people that vape that predisposes them to smoking or that vaping itself makes smoking more likely,”
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